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Comment: Re:This should not be on the front page (Score 1) 127

by dgatwood (#49177285) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality
Seriously. I've written single functions longer than that. If your code is so confusing that you can't maintain it without refactoring it by the time the entire app hits 4500 lines, either your code is some of the worst in the universe or you have insufficient working memory. Just saying.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 483

by Grishnakh (#49176433) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Snowden does not work for the Russian government, nor is he ever likely to. What he's been doing for a job over there, I'm not sure, but I'm quite sure they're not going to employ him in a job doing the same thing he was doing in the USA. At best, he can just work in private-sector jobs there which have nothing to do with the government.

Yes, if he exposed government corruption in Russia, he wouldn't be treated well. But why would he ever be in a position to see such corruption and expose it?

Comment: Re:no doubt living in Russia sucks (Score 1) 483

by Shakrai (#49176303) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

And to be fair didn't USA more or less invented freedom? ;D (No? Someone feel free to write down some points, I'm interested and don't really mean and say that USA was first but I respect it being a thing from the very beginning over there and taken seriously.)

The Western concept of freedom probably started with the Greeks. Of course, they weren't perfect, they owned slaves (as did the young American Republic) but Western civilization has never been and never will be perfect. The Romans added a great deal to the mix, as did the British, and the United States is really just built on all that came before it.

Incidentally, I've never been to Sweden, but I've spent some time in Finland. I'm actually headed back there for a month this summer and have a trip to Stockholm on the agenda. If you've got any suggestions for things to do.... :)

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 2) 483

by Shakrai (#49175973) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Most likely he would be tried under a military tribunal as an enemy combatant, which means he is already guilty no matter what evidence is presented.

Our country can't even move forward with the military tribunals of unlawful combatant foreign nationals captured aboard, even though such tribunals are explicitly allowed under both domestic and international law. You think we'd be able to do it against an American citizen, for crimes allegedly committed on American soil? Give me a break. This is the type of conspiracy theory nonsense that makes internet discussions a complete waste of time. Study how the real world works, it's a lot more boring and bureaucratic than you think.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 2) 483

by Shakrai (#49175861) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

You'll forgive me if I decline to discuss my views of the relevant NSA programs, since /. isn't exactly welcoming to opinions more nuanced than "Snowden Good. NSA Bad."

All I'll say on the subject is that there are mechanisms in place for people who feel their Government is doing wrong. He could have gone to the relevant Congressional committees or the Inspector General at NSA. He could have used the whistleblower act. He ignored all of those options and leaped straight to leaking, then further threw the baby out with the bathwater by leaking details of programs that had no bearing whatsoever on domestic civil liberties, like NSA's activities against China. In effect, he substituted his judgment for the judgment of our elected representatives, an act of extraordinary hubris in the words of Robert Gates.

In spite of everything I may have retained some understanding of his choices had he opted to selectively leak the details of NSA's domestic activities. He didn't do that though, he took as much as he possibly could and leaked it all, with no consideration for the damage it would do to American interests and national security. That may not mean anything to you but such actions have far reaching ramifications and I don't recall seeing Mr. Snowden's name on the ballot when I was selecting the people who would wield that power on my behalf.

Comment: Re:That's because it's not entirely copyright anyw (Score 1) 224

by mr_mischief (#49175517) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

True, but Mickey Mouse is in every market. Tshirts? Hats? Lunchboxes? Mickey. Watches? Curtains? Bes sheets? Mickey. Breakfast cereals? Pastas? Clock radios? Mickey.

If you can find a market in which there's no Mickey Mouse licensed good, then there's a damn good chance they'd sue you instead on diminishing their image through an implied endorsement of your Mickey Mouse submachine gun.

Comment: Re:no doubt living in Russia sucks (Score 1) 483

by Shakrai (#49174957) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

I would not generalize Russia to be a shithole.

You might have a different perspective if you're homosexual. Or Muslim. Or generally anything but Slavic Orthodox.

Here's an interesting statistic that speaks volumes about corruption in Russia: The annual global wealth study published by the financial services group Credit Suisse says a mere 110 Russian citizens now control 35 percent of the total household wealth across the vast country.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 2) 483

by Shakrai (#49174909) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. - MLK Jr, emphasis mine

I can't arose much sympathy for someone who professes to love his country but seeks refuge from a regime that stands opposed to virtually everything his country stands for. There are people who are willing to die for this country, without fame or recognition, but Mr. Snowden both outs himself and refuses to face a jury of his fellow citizens?

Comment: Forget fair use. Call it parody or commentary. (Score 4, Informative) 224

by mr_mischief (#49173281) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

The original Power Rangers is campy and laughable. Showing gritty topics in a saccharine sweet, good guys always triumphant without any real struggle or doubt way that the children's shows often do is worth satirizing.

From Webster:

Full Definition of SATIRE

1 : a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn
2 : trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly

Definition of SATIRE

a creative work that uses sharp humor to point up the foolishness of a person, institution, or human nature in general
Synonyms lampoon, pasquinade
Related Words burlesque, caricature, parody, spoof, takeoff; comedy, farce, sketch, skit, slapstick, squib; derision, ridicule; cartoon, mockery, travesty


Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use 224

Posted by timothy
from the wait-til-you-see-how-scully-revives-walter-white dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: Vimeo and Youtube are pressured to remove a dark, fan-made "Power Rangers" short film; Vimeo capitulated, while Youtube has so far left it up. I'm generally against the overreach of copyright law, but in this case, how could anyone argue the short film doesn't violate the rights of the franchise creator? And should Vimeo and Youtube clarify their policies on the unauthorized use of copyrighted characters? Read on for the rest.

Comment: Re:Are we looking through the center... (Score 1) 135

by ultranova (#49173069) Attached to: Astronomers Find an Old-Looking Galaxy In the Early Universe

We don't know that the speed of light was always as it is now.

For speed of light to vary, either photons must have mass (so they don't need to move at c anymore), or the constant of nature c would need to vary over spaceitme. Either of these would have massive effects on pretty much everything: photons mediate electromagnetic force, which not only underlays all of chemistry, but combines with strong interaction to define stable elements and how much energy nuclear reactions release, while c defines the very structure of causality itself.

So frankly, in this case "it's an alien movie" is a more likely explanation.

Comment: Re:FDE on Android doesn't work as of yet (Score 1) 110

by ultranova (#49172811) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

Latency and bandwidth are distinct measurements.

But they aren't independent. A device that has high bandwidth and high latency must be massively parallel (since for a sequential device bandwidth is simply inverse of latency) and have massive internal buffers to hold all the data being processed. That seems pretty unlikely for implementing such a simple algorithm, unless of course the implementation is purposefully broken.

Comment: Objective-C is a mongrel (Score 1) 369

I like SmallTalk, and I like C. However, their syntaxes are very different. Objective-C mashes them together in a way that results in a very inconsistent feel to the syntax. C++, on the other hand, is just a logical extension of C syntax. Sure, there are some advantages to Objective-C's message passing approach. Well, if you consider silent failure when you pass a message to a null object to be an advantage.

Objective-C predates C++, and it shows. Someone shoehorned in OOP in a way that was borrowed from a totally different philosophy. Then Stroutrop came along and did it right. Some people may have complaints about C++ at an abstract level, but at least the language is internally consistent (or more so than Objective-C anyway).

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.